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Prime Cut (Cato Kwong)

The world is in economic meltdown, but the mining town of Hopetoun, Western Australia, is booming. With the town's population exploding, it's easy enough to hide a crime - and a dirty past.Disgraced police-service golden boy DSC Cato Kwong is doing time investigating roadkill with the Stock Squad. But when the ocean throws up a human torso onto the shores of Hopetoun, Cato is called in from the cold.Cato faces powerful opposition in the town when his investigation lifts the lid on the exploitation of migrant workers. The stakes are raised higher when the Chinese whispers started by Cato disturb an even darker criminal mind.
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About the Author

Alan Carter is a crime writer who has been shortlisted for the prestigious UK CWA Debut Dagger Award, was runner-up in the Penguin Crime Writing Competition and who won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction in 2011. He is a TV documentary director and currently works for Who Do You Think You Are? on SBS1. Carter wrote his first book Prime Cut while living as a 'kept man' in Hopetoun, on the south coast of WA. In 2013 Alan will head to Shanghai to write the third Cato Kwong book in the series.


Alan Carter takes us into the dark underside of the mining boom in an atmospheric and sharply written thriller. The Saturday Age A gripping read. So real I had to wipe the blood off my fingertips. -- Dave Warner ... it's a confident, witty, entertaining and gritty tale with an interesting, multicultural cast. Herald Sun ... assured feel for genre, classily written with mordant wit and a fine sense of place ... Graeme Blundell

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